The US and Germany could unveil plans to send tanks to Ukraine as early as today.
Russia’s ambassador to the US has accused America of trying to inflict “strategic defeat” on Moscow as a decision on the donation of M1 Abrams battle tanks is expected.
The delivery of American tanks to Ukraine would be a “blatant provocation”, Russia’s ambassador to the US has said. Russian ambassador Anatoly Antonov said in a social media post it was “obvious” Washington was trying to inflict a “strategic defeat on us”. He added, “If the United States decides to supply tanks, then justifying such a step with arguments about ‘defensive weapons’ will definitely not work. This would be another blatant provocation against the Russian Federation.”
The US is expected to announce as soon as today that it will send heavy tanks to Ukraine, but Brigadier General Patrick Ryder would not confirm this during a news conference yesterday.